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Chiloé Island by Gulfs of Ancud and Corcovado, Chile – May 20th, 2011

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May 20th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Argentina and Chile - May 1st, 2011

The snow-capped Andes Mountains mark the border between Chile and Argentina, as does the color change from the dry, tan steppes of Argentine Patagonia, to the green Chilean landscape.

Many islands can be observed off the Chilean coast, hence the area’s name: Los Lagos (Lakes) Region. The largest island visible here is Chiloé Island, in the upper half of the image.

Despite its large size of 8,394 km² (3241 sq mi), it is actually the second largest island in Chile, after the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

It is separated from the Chilean mainland by the Chacao Strait (“Canal Chacao”) to the north, and by the Gulf of Ancud (Golfo de Ancud) and the Gulf of Corcovado (Golfo Corcovado) to the east.

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